Cabbage Tree Bay was established as an Aquatic Reserve in 2002 and is a favourite location for swimmers, divers and snorkelers both locally and with tourists. The bay is home to precious seagrass colonies growing in areas less than 8m deep.
After ongoing consultation with community and stakeholders, I am asking for your support to increase protections in Cabbage Tree Bay and prevent damage to this beautiful local ecosystem. The proposal includes extension of the current reserve up to Blue Fish Point and would prohibit anchoring in the sea grass habitat throughout much of the bay. While alternatives such as environmentally friendly courtesy moorings are open for consultation the focus has to be on protecting the seagrass habitat.
"In 2018 I spoke in the parliament about the importance of protecting our marine environment.
From The Great Australian Bite Marine Park to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has a proud history of marine conservation.
That work still continues at a local level here in Manly as we increase the protections over Cabbage Tree Bay."
The Community has made clear their passion and love for Shelly Beach and the surrounding waters.
Please note this does not seek to ban spear fishing where it is currently allowed outside the current Reserve boundary. This proposal is focused on resolving issues relating to anchors dragging in sea grass inside the bay.
Together we can make a difference in protecting the natural marine environment.
Join me on this petition to protect Cabbage Tree Bay and help keep our local environment safe and beautiful for future generations to enjoy.